Trump, Leakers, Travel Ban: Our Most Commented-On Articles of 2017

FDR, in Philadelphia:

As ugly as these confrontations are, there is a silver lining: racism is being exposed. I believe it is best racists demonstrate their feelings openly, so society can be aware and address this idiocy.

Jim Ellsworth, in Charlottesville:

Why is the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville? A major reason is that he served as president of the University of Virginia after the defeat of the Confederacy in the war between the states. Lee was not driven so much by slave-holding as he was by a belief in state’s rights. At the top of his class at West Point, Lee was the prime candidate to lead the Union forces in the growing conflict. He decided he was a Virginian first. In those days local loyalties were perhaps much stronger than they are today. We should not apply our views of a strong and united America to people from that past.

John M, in California:

Have you ever seen that big statue of Hitler in Berlin, the one dedcated to the bravery and pride of the young German soldiers who ‘fought courageously for their traditions and what they believed in’? Oh, you haven’t seen that. Because it doesn’t exist. There’s a reason for that.

Mark, in Providence, R.I.:

Taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee is not done in disrespect to the man Lee was; it’s being done in respect to the freedom and dignity of every person alive, of color or white. It’s a statement that we no longer countenance slavery or even the symbolic approval of slavery in our society, because it’s morally offensive to do so.

3. Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski; Says She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’

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Mika Brzezinski in Trump Tower in November 2016. Credit Evan Vucci/Associated Press

Readers sounded off after President Trump attacked the appearance and intellect of Mika Brzezinski, a host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” claiming that she had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he saw her at his resort in Florida. Even his supporters expressed disappointment.

Dalia, in Pennsylvania:

This has got to stop. Where are his handlers? His behavior is so outrageous and inappropriate — forget about presidential! How low can he go and when will he have gone so low that his party is snapped out of their anti-Obama deregulation hypnotic state to do something about it?

Joan Knutson, in Amelia Island, Fla.:

I am a born and raised Republican from the Midwest. I’ve stuck by President Trump until now. If this is true, I will no longer support a crass man who does not think before he speaks.

Steve Kretsch, in London:

Mr. Trump desperately wants to be honored as President even as he thoroughly dishonors the office. The president represents the people — the people this president constantly insults and degrades. How can this be acceptable?

Rocketship, in New York City:

I voted for Donald Trump, yet I am slowly getting tired of all this nonsense. President Trump, I hired you to lead the country. Like I tell my employees just 10 blocks from Trump Tower in Manhattan, concentrate on your job, do it well and don’t get involved in things that are none of your business.

2. Trump Intensifies His Attacks on Journalists and Condemns F.B.I. ‘Leakers’

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Sean Spicer during a briefing in February. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

Sean Spicer barred journalists from The New York Times and other news organizations from attending the daily White House briefing after President Trump railed against “fake news” organizations in a speech. Readers largely agreed that the move was unacceptable, and one commenter from New York, cretino, had the most recommended comment of the year, writing: “Everyone should have walked out. Spicer could have talked to himself.”

Jake Rindfleisch, in Milwaukee:

This is 100 percent unacceptable. The media protects our democracy. The president does not get to hand pick news organizations that shower him in compliments and positive stories. This is disturbing and a dark foreshadowing of what’s to come. No one should be ok with this.

Claudio, in Argentina:

Initial stage of fascism. We in Argentina have a long history of media expelled and even closed by fascist leaning administrations. Do not allow it, please. It is very difficult to go back to normal.

Jack M, in New York:

As a conservative, I am deeply disappointed with President Trump’s treatment of media like The New York Times and CNN. This is a catastrophe and I don’t see how my fellow conservatives are just standing by and ignoring this travesty. Those of us who have some decency left should band together and speak out.

1. Judge Blocks Trump Order on Refugees Amid Chaos and Outcry Worldwide

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Crowds gathered outside Terminal 4 of John F. Kennedy Airport on Jan. 28, 2017. Credit Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency

Scores of readers responded to the article, about a federal judge in Brooklyn who blocked President Trump’s executive order to prevent many foreigners from entering the country. The judge’s ruling came as many travelers and refugees were trapped at airports across the United States. The article shattered the previous record from 2016 for the most commented-on news story at The Times.

S. Harrison, in Pittsburgh:

As a patriot and veteran I am sickened by this callous disregard for people who are critical to the safety of our men and women in combat. As an American I am sickened by the religious test. We can never have liberty and freedom when we deny it to others. This is unsustainable.

Steve, in Manhattan:

As a 9/11 survivor and as someone who worked downtown at 1 Wall Street immediately after the attack over 15 years ago, it is nice to see a president taking a decisive decision about immigration specifically when it involves Islam.

Mathelitist, in the Pacific:

If you are white European, by all means, this is your nation of immigrants. The rest of us, time to smell the coffee and realize that the true color of ‘lady liberty’ is white. I feel stupid to have bought into the myth even if not completely.

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